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The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, founded as the Glasgow Athenaeum in 1847 provides specialised vocational education to professional standards across dance, drama, music, production and screen.

As the only conservatoire in the UK, and one of few internationally, to offer dance, drama, music, screen, and production, students are provided with an education that transcends disciplinary boundaries.

Schools & Focus

School of Music

  • Keyboard
  • Education (Concurrently run with Glasgow University)
  • Vocal Studies
  • Opera
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Brass
  • Timpani and Percussion
  • Scottish Music
  • Composition
  • Academic Studies
  • Conducting
  • Jazz

School of Drama and Dance

  • Acting
  • Classical and Contemporary Text (Masters)
  • Contemporary Performance  Practice
  • Digital Film and Television
  • Technical and Production Arts
  • Musical Theatre
  • Directing
  • Modern Ballet

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Fees & entry requirements

For the latest information on fees and scholarships visit our website.


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International partnerships

The Royal conservatoire of Scotland is a recognised institution in the EU Socrates- Erasmus programme, linking it to 35 other conservatoires and institutions throughout Europe. Erasmus exchanges enable the conservatoire’s students to study overseas as part of their course and students at partner universities to study with us. They also have links to other institutions that offer student exchanges. 
The conservatoire also has industry partners including Scottish Ballet, Scottish
Opera, BBc Scotland, National Theatre of Scotland, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Shakespeare’s Globe, Royal Shakespeare company, Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland, New Moves International, BBc Scottish Symphony Orchestra, classic FM.


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Research strengths

Now in its 11th year, the distinctive creative research ethos of the National centre
for Research in the Performing Arts (NcRPA) at the Royal conservatoire continues to flourish. The research portfolio blends practice-based artistic research, applied research and consultancy with traditional scholarly approaches. 
The Royal conservatoire’s excellent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 result
in Music showed that 85 per cent of our research in music is of recognised international quality. The research profile in drama is developing rapidly, particularly through the centre for Voice in Performance. 
The Royal conservatoire has a thriving research degree programme in partnership with the University of St Andrews, and as a founder member of MIDAS it is at the forefront of developing thinking on practice-based research in music. There is an excellent record of attracting funding from external bodies, and of national and international research collaborations.


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At the conservatoire students are treated as professionals and are industry-ready when they graduate. In fact many have been engaged professionally before graduation. 
The Royal conservatoire provides many opportunities for professional practice in the industry, with a huge range of mentoring, side-by-side, and apprenticeship schemes, including Emerging Artists with Scottish Opera, and a new Young Artists in Residence programme. There are annual showcases for agents in Glasgow and London.


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Key facts & figures

  • The only conservatoire in the UK, and one of the very few in the world to offer the full range of performance disciplines.
  • World-class facilities and unrivalled professional connections.
  • Our partners include; Scottish Opera, BBC Scotland, Scottish Ballet, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, National Theatre of Scotland, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
  • Small classes and high degree of 1-1 contact time between staff and students.
  • Charles Dickens was our first chair in 1847.

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Contact Info

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
100 Renfrew Street
G2 3DB

tel: +44 (0)141 270 8210
fax: +44 (0)141 270 8355

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Contact Info

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
100 Renfrew Street
G2 3DB

tel: +44 (0)141 270 8210
fax: +44 (0)141 270 8355

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